See also: Cannabis infused coconut oil – tutorial
The hemp salve is a universal healing preparation with multiple effects. It is combining the effects of an antibiotic ointment with the effects of a salve efficiently relieving arthritic and rheumatism pains. Among others, it has proven to be extremely efficient for the treatment of burns (even of 2nd degree), certain types of eczemas, psoriasis and fungus. *Just pay attention to one thing – the salve should never be used on fresh bleeding wounds!
Recipe via NORML – Jeana Goodwin’s Cannabis Salve Recipe
For lip balm, take a few teaspoons of the canna-coconut oil while it’s still hot and mix with about 1/4th to 1/5th the amount of melted beeswax, adding the oil from 1 vitamin E tablet.
If you use smoking-quality bud, one batch of the oil can make skin cream, lip balm AND chocolate medicine or other edibles. (We never waste a cannabinoid!)
Save the strained plant matter, reheat in a pan with more coconut oil, enough to moisten and make into a very wet paste. Add 1 bar Ghiradelli 60% Cocoa per 1/8th cup plant matter. You can usually melt the chocolate by taking pan off of the heat, and pressing each piece against the bottom and sides of pan. Careful, too much heat can burn the chocolate; usually the heat from the hot oil is enough to melt the chocolate. Add shelled Hemp Seeds from the health food store, chopped Macadamia nuts or toasted almonds (masks any crunchies from the bud). Chill in greased pan.
A doctor’s note on Cannabis Salve:
Cannabinoids and possibly other healing components of the plant are absorbed directly through the skin; the anti-inflammatory properties are outstanding, reducing recovery time from injuries and promoting healing of lesions. Topical cannabis has also been used by my lupus patients and rheumatoid arthritis patients to increase the function of joints and decrease nodule formation. – Frank Lucido, MD
Some background and uses list from Hemp Info:
Cannabis can be used for the fabrication of various medicinal preparations. One of the most powerful hemp preparations is the hemp [cannabis/marijuana] salve. Its efficiency was proven already in the 50s at the Olomouc University Hospital, where Prof. Jan Kabelik carried out his famous research on the antibacterial effects of cannabis indica.
Here is ine example of a a healing balm for arthritis
About the history of hemp salve
One of the hospital pathologists cut his finger during an autopsy, bacteria resistant to antibiotics infected the wound and it seemed that an amputation was going to be inevitable. Then someone had the idea to ask for help Prof. Kabelik, who was known for his research on the medicinal use of cannabis. [Recommended: Integral text of the Study – PDF] He applied his hemp salve and two days later the wound was already healing and the amputation was avoided.
Due to the fact that in my country is the preparation of medicines on the basis of cannabis illegal, it was not possible to make any official analyses or clinical experiments. So I had to collect the testimonies of my friends and many other persons, who over the years used this salve for the treatment of their diseases and health problems. The hemp salve is a universal healing preparation with multiple effects. It is combining the effects of an antibiotic ointment with the effects of a salve efficiently relieving arthritic and rheumatism pains. Among others, it has proven to be extremely efficient for the treatment of burns (even of 2nd degree), certain types of eczemas, psoriasis and fungus. *Just pay attention to one thing – the salve should never be used on fresh bleeding wounds!
Some healing or relieving effects of the salve
- anti-inflammatory effects
- analgesic effects
- relaxing effects on muscles and other body tissues
- muciparous decongesting effects
- regenerative effects on body tissues
Which diseases the salve heals or relieves as a complementary medicine
- all kinds of superficial wounds, cuts, acne pimples, furuncles, nail incarnations, corns, certain nail fungus
- ragged commissure of lips, fever blisters, herpes
- certain types of dermatitis (including atopical) and psoriasis
- rheumatism and arthritic pains (up to the 2nd degree of arthritis)
- torticollis, back pains, muscular pains and cramps, sprains and other contusions
- phlebitis, venous ulcerations
- menstruation pains
- cold and sore throat, bronchitis
- asthmatic problems with breathing
- chronical inflammation of larynx (application in the form of a Priessnitz compress)
- migraine, head pains
Research on the anti-inflammatory effects of topical cannabis
Scientists have long suspected that marijuana, used for recreational purposes and to help fight chronic pain, nausea and even some mental disorders like anxiety and depression, also had anti-inflammatory effects in the body.
Now they think they know why.
In a study published in the current issue of the journal Science, researchers show exactly how they think that works, elucidating how the body’s own cannabinoids, compounds that are similar to the ones found in marijuana, reduce inflammation.
Mice had a harder time healing from wounds caused by ear tags used to identify them when researchers blocked their internal cannabinoids, said Dr. Meliha Karsak, lead author and scientist in molecular neurobiology at the University of Bonn in Germany. Cannabinoids are involved in many of the body’s daily functions, scientists believe, but they’re still trying to figure out how.
Mice also healed faster from skin allergies with topical THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana and other plants, she said.
Dr. Frank Lucido, a Berkeley physician who was not involved in the study but regularly recommends medical marijuana, said the plant’s anti-inflammatory effects didn’t surprise him. He has had patients who say their psoriasis, an immune disease that affects the skin and joints, and asthma get better when they smoke marijuana.
In the 1980s, scientists discovered receptors in the body that respond to active compounds in cannabis, Karsak said. Once activated with THC and other chemicals from marijuana, the receptors had effects downstream, for instance changing a person’s mood and perception. Since then, two main receptors have been studied: One is more prevalent in the central nervous system, the other in the periphery.
The one in the periphery seems to respond to cannabinoids in inflammation and is found in cells of the immune system, said Dr. Donald Abrams, a San Francisco General Hospital physician who has studied the effects of marijuana use in HIV patients.
“Most people have believed for some time that the cannabinoid system is involved in modulating the immune system,” he said.
We also recommend looking at this recipe for ideas. ( The Holy Anointing Oil used by Jesus is incredibly powerful, perhaps some of the ingredients actually increase absorption. )
Medicated Cannabis Salve (and other Cannabis recipes)